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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Leasing company sued over claim that 'dangerous' conditions led to girl falling through floor of property


By John Breslin | Jun 25, 2019


A mother is suing over claims her daughter suffered severe injuries after falling through the floor of a mobile home in Granite City/

Shyann Dixon, a minor, and her mother, Jodie Douglas, filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court against Lake Shore Estates and James Green Management.

The defendants are involved in the management of the mobile home park at West Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City. The companies operate and management other properties in Granite City.

They are accused of failing to maintain the property, which, it is alleged, led to the minor falling through the floor.

Lake Shore Estates did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Record.

The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had a duty of care to residents, and that the property was allowed to fall into disrepair. They described the property as being in a dangerous condition.

Shyann Dixon suffered sustained and severe injuries following the incident in November, 2017, according to the complaint.

The defendants, it is alleged, "carelessly and negligently caused and permitted premises to become and remain in a dangerous and unsafe condition."

They allowed a hazard to exist, failed to fix the flooring, failed to warn the plaintiff of the hazard, and allowed the flooring to fall into disrepair, the complaint alleges.

"Plaintiff suffered great pain and anguish, both in mind and body, and will in the future continue to suffer," the complaint claims.

It adds, "As a direct and proximate result of the...careless and negligent acts...Shyann Dixon sustained severe and permanent damages." The plaintiff further "expended large sums of money for medical care and services endeavoring to become healed and cured of said injuries and has sustained lost income, disability, and will suffer future lost income.

 Mother and daughter are asking for damages in excess of $50,000. They are represented by Benjamin Tobin of Pratt & Tobin in East Alton.

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